The world’s most famous K-pop boyband, BTS, completed the European leg of their world tour with two shows in Paris, France (Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 2018).
BTS is composed of seven young men, who have accomplished a great deal since their debut in 2013. During the 73rd United Nations General Assembly held in New York City in September 2018, the leader RM gave a lengthly talk addressing the young generation. BTS and the UN lauched a new global youth initiative "Generation Unlimited", thus becoming the first K-pop group to speak at the United Nations.
Their "LOVE YOURSELF” world tour, began in Seoul on August 25th, then undertook some unforgettable concerts in various cities across the USA and Canada. The tour continued in Europe from October 9th to October 20th and more dates added for the Asian leg of the tour. All the dates of the world tour sold out within minutes!
Before their sold out concerts in Paris, BTS attended a very private event to commemorate the friendhsip between France and South Korea. They performed “DNA” and “IDOL” with the main guests, Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Moon Jae-In among the attendees.
We were at the 1st Parisian concert at AccorHotels Arena with over 40,000 fans in attendance. This venue has hosted huge international artists like Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Shakira.
Approximately 1,500 ARMY (BTS fanbase name) camped in front the venue, some even camping from Monday (the first show was on Friday). Although camping is not advised, the AccorHotels Arena staff were generous and opened the doors for fans to sleep inside and provided them with breakfast, which included unlimited hot tea and coffee!
Merchandise was made available for fans to purchase within the venue all day. ARMY could also take a free picture with their favourite member of BTS in the ‘BTS Photo Studio’ with members appearing in the form of a hologram. The hologram member of your choice would talk and sit beside you to pose for two pictures. You can choose the best picture among the two taken.
After security check at doors, we entered the venue and watched music videos of BTS which were displayed on the big screens and the room buzzed with 20,000 fans singing along! Once the venue became full, BTS appeared on stage and began the concert by performing IDOL. Then they greeted ARMY and introduced themselves in French! One key highlight was that each member had a solo stage. They each showed us their talent and their different personal charms. The 4 singers of BTS: Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook performed "The Truth Untold” and the 3 rappers: RM, J-Hope and Suga performed "Tear". All those in attendance enjoyed the show, they sang along with so much emotion and fan chants.
The energy in the venue was incredible, thanks to BTS and their fans, who could sing together in perfect harmony. They continued with electrifying performances with fairly new songs: "DNA", "Fake Love" or "Magic Shop", and also some old songs like "I Need U", "Run" and "Boy in Luv". From ballads to energetic songs, everyone was surely blown away by their enthusiasm, passion and talent during their 2 hours of incredible stage presence.
Words by: Coline; Photography by Kristy. BeatCraze Paris Team